Indian-American physician-author Abraham Verghese has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal.
US President Barack Obama conferred the honor upon Verghese, along with 11 others, and the recipients of 2015 National Medal of Arts.
Currently a professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, 61-year-old Verghese has authored several acclaimed books, including My Own Country and Cutting for Stone.
Inaugurated in 1997, the National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.
Up to 12 medals are awarded each year.